Back-to-School Drive for The Home for Little Wanderers

  • Ongoing: until Monday, September 9, 2013
  • Monday: 8:30am
  • Tuesday: 8:30am
  • Wednesday: 8:30am
  • Thursday: 8:30am
  • Friday: 8:30am
  • Where: The Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: All ages

The Home for Little Wanderers’ annual Back-to-School Drive kicks off on August 1 and will run through September 9, 2013. As the nation’s oldest child and family service agency and one of New England’s largest, The Home touches the lives of more than 7,000 children and families living in at-risk circumstances each year. The non-profit is committed to fulfilling the back-to-school needs of the youth in its care and relies on the community’s support for donations.

“At The Home for Little Wanderers, we do whatever it takes to help children thrive and succeed,” explained Marcia Allen, Director of Development, The Home for Little Wanderers. “Over the past several years, our staff has continued to see an increase in the number of requests for back-to-school supplies from struggling families in our community-based and residential programs. From our clinicians who provide mental health services in the Boston Public Schools to those who work with foster families in the community, we are hearing that our clients can’t afford back-to-school basics that have become requirements for students. Together with the generous support of local residents and corporate partners, we are able to prepare children for successful futures as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.”

As people are back-to-school shopping, The Home for Little Wanderers hopes they will remember that many of the youth at The Home enter into care with few, if any, personal possessions. Receiving school supplies prepares them for a successful school year and boosts their self-esteem and confidence.

Starting August 1, all donations of new backpacks and school supplies for youth of all ages can be mailed to or dropped off at:

The Home for Little Wanderers
Development Department
271 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For a list of much-needed school supplies or to make a monetary donation, please visit www.thehome.org/backtoschool or call 617-267-3700.

About The Home for Little Wanderers
The Home for Little Wanderers is the nation’s oldest and one of New England’s largest non-profit child and family service agencies. The mission of The Home is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances. We do this through a series of integrated programs that include early childhood services, special education, therapeutic residential treatment, adoption, intensive foster care, clinical and family support in homes, schools, hospitals and clinics, and college and independent living preparation for youth who have aged out of state care. For more information, visit www.thehome.org.

This event was posted July 16, 2013 and last updated Sept. 20, 2016